Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Have questions about the NEW Esther Jackson PTA Annual Fund Campaign?

How does the PTA used the money we raise? Do we have to sell wrapping paper? What is the school's fundraising goal? How do I make a donation?

We have the answers!



WHAT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT THE
 NEW ESTHER JACKSON PTA ANNUAL FUND CAMPAIGN

What is the Esther Jackson PTA Annual Fund Campaign?
The Esther Jackson PTA Annual Fund Campaign is a one-time appeal for tax-deductible contributions the PTA uses to enhance the award-winning (our PTA won third place for Best Elementary Schools PTA in North Fulton for 2013-14) educational experience of every Esther Jackson student and faculty member.
Why an Annual Fund and how is the money used?
Per the results of our parent survey several years ago we switched to a single major fund raising campaign.  Since we had such a low return in our Fund Run Campaign in 2013-14 and had to cover the cost of the prizes and t-shirts even with it being done in-house to save money, the PTA voted to switch to check writing campaign so we would be the best stewards of the funds the PTA raised.  Now 100% of the funds will go straight to the bottom line – This means all funds go to supporting our students, teacher and PTA Events and Programs. 
I already pay school property taxes. Why should I donate to the Annual Fund?
Annual Fund donations are essential to delivering the high-quality programs and activities at Esther Jackson that would not otherwise be possible. 
Why doesn’t the PTA sell products like other schools?
When you give to the Esther Jackson PTA Annual Fund, ALL of the money goes directly to the PTA. When students and parents sell items such as gift-wrap, the fundraising company takes a significant cut of the profits.  
What about Spirit Nights doesn’t the PTA get money from those events?
Our Spirit Nights and activities with our Local Business Partners do raise money for the PTA but they are only a percentage of the profits of that specific event.  Yes these events are lots of fun and a benefit to both our sure and our local business partners, but these are not guaranteed funds so we cannot use these to plan the entire budget around.  These funds generally are enough to cover general supplies for the PTA.
Is 100% participation by parents important?
Yes. One hundred percent participation in the Annual Fund shows our commitment to the school, its teachers and staff, and to our children. While gifts differ in size, each gift has the same impact on participation.
How do I know how much to give?
There is no set rule as to exactly how much to give. We only ask that each family give the best donation they can to the Annual Fund. If only $50 is given per family, PTA can meet our fundraising goal for this year, and pay for all the programs and services provided to our children. All contributions are kept confidential.  If we exceed our goal, the EJ PTA will reward all classes by funding an additional off-site field trip!
I can’t give very much. Should I still make a donation?
Yes. All financial donations to the PTA’s Annual Fund make a difference. We know that every family’s financial situation is unique. But, the only gift that is too small is no gift at all.
Who can donate to the Annual Fund?
Anyone can donate to the Annual Fund…parents, grandparents, other family members, neighbors, and friends. Even EJ alumni! Every gift counts, and every gift is appreciated.
Are donations tax-deductible?
The Esther Jackson PTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Every donation to the PTA’s Annual fund is 100% tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Ask your personal tax consultant for specifics.
Does my donation qualify for Corporate Matching Gifts?
Many corporations have matching gift programs for their employees, retirees, and board members that will double and in some cases triple the portion of your gift that is tax deductible. This extra support is very much appreciated. Contact your employer and determine if they will match your financial gift and to find out the guidelines for obtaining matching funds.
How do I make a gift to the Annual Fund?
Giving to the Annual Fund is easy. You can make on online payment in the Online Store at PTAvenue.com. Log in under Organization “EJEPTA”. Please note, there is a small processing fee for debit and credit card payments. You may also pay by check. Simply bring your check to the front office or mail your check to Esther Jackson PTA at 1400 Martin Road, Roswell, GA 30076.

PTA PROGRAMS AND EVENTS


Welcome Back Breakfast – for Teachers
New Parent Breakfast
Back to School Bash
Donuts with Dad
(New this year) Movie Night to Kick Off the Annual Fund Drive
CHS Homecoming – Dads Club Event
Roswell Youth Day Parade
STEM Day
Reflections Art Contest
Grandparents Day
Holiday Shop
Winter Teacher Breakfast
Teacher Appreciation Week and Coffee Service Every Day
Science Expo
BINGO Night
Spring Carnival
Walk and Roll
Mornings with Mom
Field Trips
Awarding Teacher Grants

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